By Isabella Bustanoby
Art Students from The Culver City High School Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) completed artwork for the Peace Wall Project sponsored by Whole 9 Gallery for this year’s 9th Affair of the Arts in downtown Culver City starting Friday, November 3rd through Sunday, November 5th. Students were asked to make an 8” x 8” piece of artwork focused on the theme of peace. These inspired works will cover a wall around the Culver Hotel, creating a larger, unified symbol for how the students of Culver City represent the meaning of peace. Founded in 2010, the mission of the Peace Wall Project is to “inspire people everywhere to believe that through creativity, compassion, a common goal, and community action, a significant difference can be made –”
The work ranges from pencil to paint and each is an expression of the artist’s personality. Junior AVPA art student, Ana Belcher, reflected on her submission, “This project really made me think about what peace really means. I had to reflect on what has been going on in the world and then express what I learned and feel on paper. It was an eye opening experience”. The peace symbol, flowers, children welcomed viewers to some works. Imagery of guns, poverty, and unrest provoked viewers into thought. Isabella Haro-Uchimura chose to use an astronaut and the earth in orbit as her subject. While describing her piece she realized, “I thought about peace as being something beyond the human world, a goal to be achieved that will enable us to leave the confines of our current limitations as humans. A dream to reach for, like the stars.” Each piece communicates why a student cares about peace and how it should treated in an aggressively developing world.
Having the artistic agency to contemplate these deeper issues is something not normally awarded to high school students. The Peace Wall Project is an uplifting opportunity. Freshman Sophie Nelson stated that, “I personally really enjoyed working on the Peace project. It made me think about what Peace really is and what it means to me. In our community we need to focus on being peaceful and helping others along,”. The event will take place in Town Plaza, 9400 Culver Blvd. in Downtown Culver City (Culver Blvd. @ Main St.)
A compilation of the pieces for the Peace Wall Project